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Past Committees


New gTLD Program Committee


President's Globalization Advisory Groups (February 2014 – March 2014) [PDF, 35 KB]


DNS Risk Management Framework Working Group

Board Global Relationships Committee

Board IANA Committee

Meeting Strategy Working Group

Public and Stakeholder Engagement Committee


CEO Search Committee (2011-2012)


Board-GAC Recommendation Implementation Working Group

Board IDN Variants Working Group

Expert Working Group on gTLD Directory Services

Technical Relations Working Group


Board Data and Consumer Protection Working Group (2010)

Working Group on Equivalent Strings Support (2010)

President's IANA Consultation Committee (2005-2008)

President's Strategy Committee (2005-2009)

President's Standing Committee on Privacy (2003)

ICANN President's Advisory Committee for Internationalised Domain Names (2005)


Board-GAC Working Group (2009-2011)

Board Conflict of Interest Committee (1999-2009)

Board Reconsideration Committee (1999-2009)


Board and GAC Working Group (2005-2008)


Board Meetings Committee (2001-2008)

Committee on ICANN Evolution and Reform (2001-2003)

President's Task Force on Simultaneous Language Translation (2001)

At Large Membership Study Committee (2001-2002)

Independent Review Panel Nominating Committee (2001-2002)

Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) Internal Working Group (2001)


New TLD Evaluation Process Planning Task Force (2000-2002)

Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) Committee (2000-2002)

.com/.net/.org Whois Committee (2000-2001)

Election Committee (2000)

Membership Implementation Task Force (2000)


Advisory Committee on Independent Review (1999)

Advisory Committee on Membership (1999)

Executive Search Committee (Board Committee 1999-2001; Advisory Committee 2002)

Forum for Ad Hoc Group on Numbering and Addressing (1999-2001)

Task Force on Funding (1999)


Membership Advisory Committee (1998-1999)

Audit Committee of the Board

Compensation Committee of the Board

Executive Committee of the Board

Finance Committee of the Board

Global Relationships Committee

Board Governance Committee

Organizational Effectiveness Committee of the Board

Risk Committee of the Board

The ICANN TLG (Technical Liaison Group)

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."